Karl Lyden is a low-brass musician based in New York City. He has performed/recorded with such artists as John Daversa, No BS! Brass, Lucy Woodward, Lawrence, and is a member of ska-punk band Streetlight Manifesto. Karl also plays in Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras.
He has held the trombone chair for several shows, including the David Bowie musical Lazarus,
the first national tour of A Night with Janis Joplin, the revue Prince of Broadway, and most recently split-lead on the 2017 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Before coming to New York, Karl worked in the show bands of Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines. In the summer of 2013, he performed in Disneyland as lead trombonist with the All-American College Band. His main instruments are tenor and bass trombone, flugabone, and bass guitar.
Karl is equally active as a composer and arranger. His first big band chart “Downside Up” was the 2011 Winner for Undergraduate Orchestrated Work in Downbeat Magazine. Karl has arranged for salsa groups, swing bands, and singer-songwriters. His own project is an 8-piece "Mixtet" that combines minimalism with post-bop for a unique blend of chamber jazz.
Karl received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he became well-versed in jazz and classical.
He then completed a Master's at New York University where he was an adjunct faculty instructor.